Kelliher Samets Volk Named New Agency for King Arthur Flour

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt (August 6, 2008)&America’s oldest and most renowned flour company, King Arthur Flour, has named Kelliher Samets Volk as its agency of record, according to Tim Volk, president of the independent advertising agency. The account, previously handled by Digital Flannel in Woodstock, Vermont, was awarded after a quiet national review of agencies. Billings for the account were not revealed.Based in Norwich, Vermont, King Arthur Flour has been making naturally pure flour for more than 200 years. Each of their numerous types of unbleached flour is milled from premium wheat, and the results are lauded by baking professionals around the country. The company is also famous for its catalogue, award-winning cookbooks, and baking education classes.We are thrilled to be working with such a strong food brand, said Mr. Volk. Their national reputation, dedication to quality, and socially responsible business model inspires us to create great work.The Kelliher Samets Volk team led by Senior Brand Manager Maryanne DePresco will work with King Arthur Flours Director of Marketing, Tom Payne, to create a new brand strategy, print advertising, and package design for the new client. An initial series of three new print advertisements is slated to run this fall.Kelliher Samets Volk is a marketing group with over 30 years of experience building brands and businesses through InsideOut Branding. Founded in 1977, the firm employs more than 60 people at its offices in New York City, Boston, and Burlington, Vermont.CONTACT: Tim VolkKelliher Samets Volk802.862.8261last_img read more

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USNS Comfort Will be in 11 Countries to Help Mitigate the Impact of the Venezuelan Crisis on the Region

first_imgBy United States Southern Command May 24, 2019 The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will return for another deployment to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean mid-June to begin a five-month medical assistance mission as a result of the humanitarian crisis created by the ongoing political and economic instability in Venezuela. Comfort medical teams will stop in Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago for working port visits. “This deployment responds directly to the man-made crisis Maduro’s regime has created,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, which will oversee the deployment. “Comfort medical teams will be working alongside host nation medical professionals who are absorbing thousands of Venezuelan migrants and refugees. The Venezuelan people are desperately fleeing their homeland for hope of a better way of life. We are committed to finding ways to support the Venezuelan people and our regional partners who share the goal of seeing a legitimate, democratic government reinstated in Venezuela.” From October to December 2018, Comfort completed its sixth deployment, an 11-week deployment for medical support to Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras, helping more than 26,700 patients in need, which included carrying out 599 onboard surgeries. This marks the seventh hospital ship deployment to the region since 2007. The embarked medical teams will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. As with the last deployment, the plan is to embark medical professionals from partner nations to join in the effort to provide medical care to patients. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership, and solidarity with the Americas.last_img read more

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Teach your children well . . . about finances

first_imgby: Laura BavermanWhen Palmira and Dave Buten decided in 2008 to build an online personal finance simulation, they hoped to prevent kids around the nation from making the same financial mistakes as they did as young adults.It took six years to get the national scale they’d hoped. But this winter, they’ll kick off the Budget Challenge in all 50 states, with up to 150,000 high school students learning to balance a budget, pay bills and taxes, plan for retirement and maintain a good credit score, all while in competition for college scholarships and grants for their schools.It’s happening in partnership with H&R Block, the Kansas City-based public company with 10,000 tax preparation centers around the nation. The company agreed to fund the program, making the nine-week simulation free for any teacher to use in a 9th to 12th grade classroom. Last fall, the number of students participating grew to 32,500 from 2,000 the fall semester prior.A partner like H&R Block is the dream of any startup. The deal let Dave Buten quit his job and join his wife in the business full-time. It allows for jobs to be created. It eliminates the months-long sales cycle in the fragmented education market. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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A sales audit for your credit union

first_imgAudits are an ordinary part of a day in the life of your credit union; they are a measure of effective internal controls and procedures. However, when is the last time you audited your sales processes and entrepreneurial efforts against established checklists that generate reliable revenue and member engagement? Here are some guidelines and questions on how to begin a sales audit at your credit union.Establish SystemsDo you have a formal structure in place for sales and outbound business development? Do you have dedicated staff members responsible for acquiring new business? Does your credit union provide leads, interest lists, and potential opportunities for these professionals? Do these professionals know how to develop individual sales proposals that present a member’s potential financial benefit from a deeper relationship with your credit union? Does your credit union maintain a sales management system that helps prioritize opportunities in your sales pipeline? Are your sales leaders compensated with a fair base salary and generous upside for helping your credit union grow relationships?Measure StandardsHave you established a goal for daily sales outreach efforts for each sales professional? Do you understand the ratio of sales calls-to-sales meetings? Sales meetings to sales success? Have you employed bullet-point style scripts for your sales professionals to tailor to their personalities and speaking styles? Are your sales activities and habits detailed and consistent, whether centralized or branch-delegated? Have you established reasonable goals for each professional to achieve? Do you have daily and weekly coaching and success sharing sessions? Are incentives in place that reward sales activity and success in the short term (weekly and monthly) and long term (quarterly and annually)?Gauge SuccessAre you noticing a slow, but steady increase in products per member? Has the ratio of applied to approved loans increased? Has the ratio of approved to funded loans grown? Has the percentage of borrowers to members risen? Have new members established loyal relationships (defined by your credit union) in the first year of membership? Has your member retention rate increased? Do you see growth in revenue, profit, and lifetime value per member? Have members expressed satisfaction in their newfound financial benefit due to your sales leadership and activities? Are your sales professionals succeeding and enjoying their role in your credit union’s growth?Audits are designed for checks and balances, as effective in sales as in accounting. A sales audit serves as an intentional check on your sales systems and an essential balance to align and expand the experience you want for your members and the value it creates. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: www.risingaboveenterprises.com Detailslast_img read more

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Credit losses and credit risk review systems

first_img continue reading » Happy Monday, compliance friends!As explained in a previous blog, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) signed on to an interagency policy statement on allowances for credit losses. The statement intends to promote consistency in the interpretation and application of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB’s) accounting standard in ASC Topic 326 which introduces the current expected credit losses (CECL) methodology. The interagency policy statement will be effective at the time of each institution’s adoption of the credit losses accounting standard. NAFCU and NCUA continue to advocate for credit unions to be exempt from CECLIn case you missed it, the blog does a good job of setting forth the relevance and importance of the policy statement. It explains, “The Policy Statement cautions credit unions to consider whether adjustments to historical loss information need to be made to the extent that current conditions and reasonable and supportable forecasts may differ from the historical loss timeline.”In addition to the policy statement on allowances, on May 8, NCUA signed on to a statement on credit risk review systems. This statement presents principles for establishing a system of independent, ongoing credit risk review in accordance with safety and soundness standards. The statement emphasizes that credit risk review is a significant risk management function separate from the determination of the appropriate reserve for credit losses. NCUA headquarterscenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Catholic view of marriage leads to suspension – at Catholic school!

first_imgFamily Research Council 19 March 2015Is it possible to be too Catholic to teach at Catholic school? New Jersey’s Immaculata High School thinks so. In a story that would be shocking even for a public school, Immaculata suspended a long-time teacher for defending what its own church espouses about marriage! Patricia Jannuzzi didn’t make the comments in class — or even during school time. But when she used her personal Facebook to express her personal views, the attack quickly turned personal too.Like Dr. Ben Carson (and science!), Patricia believes homosexual behavior is a choice. So when the popular Republican came under fire for saying as much, Jannuzzi backed him up in a post. “They (advocates of same-sex marriage),” she wrote, “want to reengineer western civ into a slow extinction. We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity!” Furious that Dan Savage lived up to his name with another disgusting tweet, Patricia shared an article about his rant (so vile we can’t repeat it) against Carson.Somehow, the openly gay nephew of actress Susan Sarandon (who attended Immaculate) saw her post and wrote a letter to the school. Before long, his outrage was picked up by his famous aunt and tweeted all across the Internet. Almost immediately, the teacher was hauled into the office and ordered to disable her Facebook page, because her views were “completely inconsistent with our policy and position as a Catholic Christian community.”That’s interesting, since Jannuzzi’s beliefs are the same as Pope Francis’s himself! “The family,” he has said, “based on the marriage of a man and a woman . . . is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society.” If she could be fired for agreeing with the Pope at a Catholic school, then these are scary times indeed. To placate Hollywood, Immaculata put Patricia on administrative leave, explaining that “We will do everything we can in this trying time to make clear that the philosophy of Immaculata High School is one of inclusion rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ.”Unfortunately for Principal Jean Kline — and anyone under the same illusion — Jesus’s teachings were anything but inclusive. He didn’t say, “I am one way, one truth, one life.” He said, “I am the way, the truth, the life.” No one, he insisted, comes to the Father, but by me. That “truth,” revealed in Scripture, teaches that sexuality belongs in the confines of man-woman marriage.http://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20150319/nj-school-chalklast_img read more

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Kiwi youth watching more sexual violence than ever, Classification Office report reveals

first_imgNZ Herald 4 July 2017Family First Comment: Time for an Inquiry in to the health and societal harms of pornography! Kiwi youth are watching more sexual violence than ever before – and they’re learning from it.A new report released today revealed what youth are watching was shaping their attitudes towards sex, relationships and sexual violence.Chief Censor David Shanks said the research’s cohort of 48 young people described this reality as a “new normal” where virtually any content was available on their devices.The youth, aged 13-18, were from a wide cross-section of backgrounds and included young survivors of sexual abuse and LGBTI young people.The report found age restrictions were seen as more of a guide than actually being restrictive and there was not a great deal of parental engagement or supervision.“My parents let me watch anything but say that it’s me who has to suffer the consequences afterwards,” one young female participant said.“It is commonplace for them to view sexual violence in films and series, access porn, or see troubling content on social media,” Shanks said in the report.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11885894&ref=twitterKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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DDA Launches Video Series on Pandemics featuring Dr. Lennox Honychurch

first_img Sharing is caring! EducationEntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews DDA Launches Video Series on Pandemics featuring Dr. Lennox Honychurch by: – April 10, 2020 Share Discover Dominica Authority releases a four-part series on how the island has dealt with pandemics in the past.The series features the extensive historical knowledge of renown historian, Dr. Lennox Honychurch.  The release of this series is intended to provide a different perspective on how the people of Dominica have handled pandemics in the past.The first episode will focus on the arrival of the Europeans, their place in spreading diseases, the practices of the indigenous Kalinago, the first inhabitants of the island and their actions in response to the new situation.  Episode two speaks to the introduction of new diseases to Dominica and the role of the formerly enslaved people.   The efforts of Dominica’s medical stalwarts will be featured in the penultimate episode of this series.  Exploring how the actions taken by our country and ancestors in addressing health situations in the past are relevant to us today in the war against the COVID-19 pandemic.  The role of these medical pioneers in helping the population cope through previous pandemics and illnesses will be highlighted. The final episode will emphasize the island’s relationship with neighbouring islands and will include Christopher Columbus’ rediscovery of the island.Director of Tourism, Mr. Colin Piper says “DDA is always looking to increase awareness of the destination and keep it top of mind, and one way to do so is to inform and educate on our culture and heritage. While most know Dominica for its nature; culture, heritage and wellness abound as well.  We are thrilled to be working with Dr. Honychurch who has selflessly agreed to impart some of his knowledge about the history of Dominica and the courage of our people in this series.”The first video was released on our Discover Dominica Facebook page on April 9, 2020.  The videos will reside on Discover Dominica’s YouTube page as well.  Viewers are asked to like, share and provide feedback on the videos as well as other topics they would like featured.Find the video here For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.###About Dominica: Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a haven for adventure travelers seeking a unique vacation that includes: hiking and adventure, cultural events/festivals, diving and water sports, whale/dolphin watching and canyoning adventures. Dominica lies south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. Air travelers can connect to Dominica on Air Antilles, Air Sunshine, Coastal Air Transport, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, or WINAIR from the surrounding hubs of Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  If travelling by sea, travelers can connect to Dominica on L’Express Des Iles ferry service from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia and on Valferry from Guadeloupe and Martinique. 321 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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I-96 Friday the 13th special will be lucky for IMCA Modified winner

first_imgLAKE ODESSA, Mich. – The lucky winner of I-96 Speedway’s Friday the 13th July special goes home with $1,500.The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event pays $1,000 to the runner-up and a minimum of $165 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region and Michigan State, but not track points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m., the front gate opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. on July 13.Spectator admission is $25 for adults, $ for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $35.The track website is www.I96speedway.com. More information is also available by calling 616 642-0555.last_img read more

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One killed after vehicle hit by train in West Palm Beach

first_imgFriday evening, a person was killed after driving their car was hit by a Virgin Trains USA (formerly Brightline) train, according to West Palm Beach police.Police say a 2008 black Corvette was traveling west and stopped for the train crossing along Avon Road when a southbound train passed and the gate arms remained down.The driver of the vehicle tried to go around the gates and a northbound train crashed into the car, police said.The name of the person killed has not been released at this time.This story is developing.last_img read more

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